Trump administration’s proposal would take basic food assistance away from Vermonters

On July 23, the Trump Administration announced its latest attempt to take food away from over 3 million Americans in need by proposing to effectively eliminate a long standing and widely used state option that has existed within the SNAP program (called 3SquaresVT here in Vermont) for over 20 years. This option, called ‘broad-based categorical eligibility,’ allows Vermont, along with 42 other states, to expand access to 3SquaresVT for vulnerable low-income Vermonters (including working families, children, older adults, and people with disabilities). If enacted, this rule will cut millions of Americans and thousands of Vermonters off from crucial benefits that allow them to put enough food on the table for themselves and their families.

This dangerous proposal is not yet final, and there is a 60 day public comment period where individuals and organizations can have their voices heard. Together, we can fight this cruel and unnecessary proposal and show that Vermonters believe in supporting our neighbors during times of need so that they can move out of a place of poverty.

If you are interested in submitting a public comment, click here.

NOTE: We are currently working to learn more about the potential impact of this rule in Vermont, and will be launching an advocacy campaign in the coming weeks with our partners throughout Vermont and the country. We will provide support so you can take action and raise your voice to help make sure that 3SquaresVT continues to be available for all of us who may need it. Please stay tuned for more updates and resources.

For more information on the proposed rule, reach out to Drake Turner, Food Security Advocacy Manager at Hunger Free Vermont at (802) 231-0394 or